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Syria Is 'Sand and Death,' Trump Says

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered a rather stark take on the situation in war-wracked Syria, summing it up in two words – "sand and death" – while remaining vague about the timing of the withdrawal of US troops.

“So Syria was lost long ago. It was lost long ago. And besides that, I don't want – we're talking about sand and death. That's what we're talking about,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting.

"We're not talking about vast wealth. We're talking about sand and death." On when US forces would leave Syria, Trump said: "I don't want to be in Syria forever." But after saying troops would come home right away, and that the Islamic State group was defeated, he didn't give any specific timetable.

(Source: PTI)

Fuel Prices Unchanged in 4 Cities, Petrol in Delhi at Rs 68.65

Fuel prices on Thursday, remained unchanged across four cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Prices of petrol and diesel in Delhi stood at Rs 68.65 (per litre) and Rs 62.66 (per litre), respectively.

Prices of petrol and diesel in Mumbai stood at Rs 74.30 (per litre) and Rs 65.56 (per litre), respectively.

Niger Army Kills at Least 280 Boko Haram Militants: Ministry

Niiger's army killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants near the southeast border with Nigeria in days of land and air raids.

More than 200 jihadists were killed in air strikes and a further 87 by ground troops since the offensive began on 28 December, the ministry said in a statement read on state television.

(Source: AFP)

Bulandshahr Violence Case Main Accused Yogesh Raj Arrested

Police on Wednesday arrested Yogesh Raj, the main accused in Bulandshahr violence case.

(Source: ANI)

All Departures at Delhi Airport Put on Hold Due to Bad Weather

All departures at Delhi airport were put on hold due to bad weather conditions from 7:30 am till now. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Kendrapara Boat Capsize: Death Toll Touches Nine

The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Mahanadi river near Nipania in Kendrapara, in Odisha, has reached nine after eight more bodies were recovered late last night, reported ANI.

Encounter Breaks Out in J&K's Tral Area

An encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in Gulshanpora, Tral.

At least three militants are believed to be trapped. The exchange of fire between forces and militant is underway. More details awaited.

Woman Allegedly Shot at By JDU MLA Succumbs to Death

The woman who was allegedly shot at by former JDU MLA Raju Singh during new year's celebrations at a farmhouse, has succumbed to injuries.

(Source: ANI)

SC Agrees to Hear BJP’s Plea on Rath Yatra in Bengal

The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear on January 8 the West Bengal BJP's plea against a Calcutta High Court order not allowing its Rath Yatra in the state.

The matter was mentioned for urgent hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and S K Kaul which agreed to hear it on 8 January.

(Source: PTI)

Ex Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda Gets Relief in AJL Plot Case

Former Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Senior Congress leader Moti Lal Vohra granted bail by Special CBI court in Associated Journals Ltd's (AJL) plot ploy allotment case in Panchkula.

The next date of hearing in the case is 6 February.

(Source: ANI)

Armed Assailants Shot Dead LIC Agent in Bihar

Armed assailants on Thursday shot dead one LIC agent at his residence in Sarairanjan, Bihar. Police investigation is underway. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Not Satisfied With Rescue Ops: SC Tells Meghalaya Govt

The Supreme Court on Thursday, 3 January, told the Meghalaya government that it was ‘not satisfied’ with the rescue operations undertaken by the state authorities of the 15 trapped miners.

SC also asked the Meghalaya govt what steps it had taken to rescue the miners, who have been trapped in an illegal flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills since 13 December last year.

(Source: ANI)

IT Raids at Five Hotel Groups

The Income Tax department raided five hotel groups, including the Saravana Bhavan in Chennai. According to initial reports, raids are being conducted at 32 different locations.


Woman Kills Self After Being Forced to Compromise with Sexual Assaulter

A 35-year-old woman allegedly shot herself dead after the panchayat of her village forced her to strike a compromise with a man who had sexually harassed her. The alleged harasser, an auto-rickshaw driver from the victim’s village, was arrested by the police on Wednesday -- a day after the victim ended her life.

(Hindustan Times)

Essar Steel Insolvency Case: NCLAT Asks NCLT To Expedite Decision

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Thursday asked the Ahmedabad bench of National Company Law Tribunal to expeditiously take a final decision in the Essar Steel insolvency case, where ArcelorMittal has emerged as the highest bidder.


Fresh Snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir

Various regions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a fresh snowfall. 'Dera Gali’ area in Poonch and Pir Panjal mountain range in Rajouri district were the two areas that witnessed a fresh snowfall.


Woman Dies After Being Shot by Former JD(U) MLA During New Year Celebrations

Former JDU MLA Raju Singh who allegedly shot at a woman during new year's celebrations at a farmhouse in Delhi was brought to AIIMS today. The woman passed away after she succumbed to her injuries.


Army Jawan Killed in an Avalanche in J&K

One Army jawan died and another has been injured in an avalanche in the Pooch district of Jammu and Kashmir. More details awaited.


SC Revives Govt's Case in NCDRC Against Nestle

The Supreme Court today revived the government's case in the NCDRC against Nestle India seeking damages of Rs 640 crore for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements.

A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said the report of CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru), where the testing of the samples of Maggi was done, will form the basis for the proceedings.

(Source: PTI)

Will Hear 'As and When Required': SC on PIL Against Govt's Intercept Order

The Supreme Court today it will hear "as and when required" a PIL challenging the government's notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system.

The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul.

The petitioner, advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, said his PIL should be heard urgently.

However, the bench told Sharma, "We will see. As and when required we will list the matter."

(Source: PTI)

India Rejects Trump's Jibe at PM on Afghanistan

Developmental assistance can play a major role in transforming Afghanistan, official sources said today, rejecting US President Donald Trump's jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over funding of a "library" in the war-ravaged country.

The sources said also India has been implementing a range of mega infrastructure projects as well as carrying out community development programmes in Afghanistan as per requirement of its people. They said such assistance would go a long way in making the country economically empowered and stable.

(Source: PTI)

Man Booked for Duping Job Aspirants of Rs 23.7 Lakh

A 40-year-old man has been booked for allegedly duping 12 people of Rs 23.7 lakh on the pretext of providing them jobs here in Maharashtra, police said today.

The accused, identified as Naresh alias Bandya Surve, told a woman job aspirant residing in his neighbourhood in the Wagle Estate area here that he was working in the state secretariat and promised that he could arrange a job for her, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.

Saibaba Temple Gets Rs 14.54 Crore Donation in 11 Days

The famous Saibaba temple at Shirdi in Maharashtra received donations worth Rs 14.54 crore over the 11-day period starting before Christmas and ending on the New Year day, an official said.

The devotees, from the country as well as abroad, donated Rs 8.05 crore in donation boxes kept in the temple premises between 22 December, 2018 and 1 January, 2019, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust's vice chairman Chandrashekhar Kadam said..

Lankan Boat Found Abandoned at Rameswaram

A fibreglass boat with Mannar district registration number in Sri lanka was found abandoned at the seashore here, police confirmed today.

Police said they were investigating as to who had come in the vessel which has been seized.

There were two oil cans and some wires in the boat, they added.

I-T Raids Sarvana Bhawan and Other Popular Food Chains

The Income Tax Department today conducted searches at over two dozen premises of popular hotel and restaurant chains in Tamil Nadu on charges of alleged tax evasion, officials said.

They said the raids are being carried out at 32 locations of companies like Saravana Bhavan, Hot Bread, Anjappal and Grand Sweets.

The residences and offices of the directors of these food-joint chains are being raided by a team of over 100 I-T sleuths, the officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Saudi Prosecutor Seek Death Sentences in Khashoggi's Murder

Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh today.

All 11 accused were present with their lawyers at the opening hearing in the capital, according to a statement by the attorney general carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, was killed on 2 October shortly after entering the kingdom's consulate in what Riyadh called a "rogue" operation.

Half-Eaten Carcass of Tiger Cub Found in Pench Reserve Nagpur

The half-eaten carcass of a tiger cub was found in Pench Tiger Reserve on Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border today, a senior forest official said.

The carcass was found by forest department staff in Deolapar range during a routine patrolling, said Field Director of Tadoba Tiger Reserve Ravikiran Govekar.

As autopsy was yet to be conducted, further details were awaited, he said.

LS Rocked by Disruptions Again, Speaker Suspends 21 More MPs

Lok Sabha was adjourned today for the day as members of the AIADMK and TDP continued to disrupt proceedings despite the Speaker suspending 21 more MPs for unruly behaviour.

With the House unable to transact business due to ruckus by the two parties, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered suspension of the 21 members, including 13 of TDP and seven of AIADMK.

The development came a day after 24 AIADMK members were suspended for the rest of the session for disrupting proceedings.

Sensex Tanks 377.81 Points

Sensex tanks 377.81 points to end at 35,513.71 and Nifty tumbled down to 120.25 points to 10,672.25 as the markets closed for the day.

(Source: PTI)

BJP Parliamentary Board Meeting To Be Held Today

The BJP parliamentary board, the top decision-making body of the party, will meet today evening and is expected to deliberate on a host of issues, including the political situation following its loss in the recent state assembly polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, besides other senior leaders, are likely to attend the meeting and speak on relevant issues.

(Source: PTI)

No Problem for Indian Migrants Till Process of Brexit Gets Over: Swaraj

The Brexit task is not yet completed and there won't be any problem to Indians till the process gets over, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha today.

The British Parliament will start the discussion on this issue from January 7 and there will be more clarity on the relationship between the UK and the European Union in the second fortnight of this month, she added.

"It won't be definite to say anything at this point of time. The whole process will take two years and till then there will not be any problem," Swaraj said.

Any uncertainty will be known after the process is completed, she said.

(Source: PTI)

Parrikar's Positive Approach Sets a 'Good Example' for Cancer Patients: Oncologist

Ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's positive approach has set a "good example" for cancer patients, Dr Shekhar Salkar, Head of the Oncology Department at Goa's Manipal Hospital, said on Tuesday, 3 January, after the former Defence Minister, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, visited the State Secretariat for the first time in four months.

"In Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, we see a strong man with tremendous willpower to win against the deadly BIG C! In the fight against cancer, there can be only one winner. It's either the patient or cancer! He has set a good example for all cancer patients that they have to be positive in their approach which can help (them) tide over the crisis!" Dr Salkar said.

(Source: IANS)

Taliban Kill 8 Police in Northern Afghanistan

An Afghan official says the Taliban killed eight police in an attack on their post in the provincial capital of the northern Baghlan province.

Safdar Mooseni, the head of the provincial council, says police battled the insurgents for four hours before reinforcements arrived and repulsed the Taliban onslaught, which also wounded two police.

The Taliban has claimed the attack.

(Source: PTI)

Congress Accuses BJP of Destabilising Govt in Kashmir

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today attacked BJP, accusing it of destabilising the government in Jammu and Kashmir and trying to break National Conference (NC), PDP and Congress in the stat.

Initiating the debate on resolution to impose President rule in Jammu and Kashmir in Rajya Sabha Azad said: "You made the government with fanfare in Jammu and Kashmir but BJP withdrew from it.

"Why didn't you conduct elections. You took four months and tried to brake Congress, NC and whosoever (PDP) did development in Kashmir. The moment you came to know that government cannot be formed, you dissolved the assembly," he said.

(Source: PTI)

SC Asks Ahmed Patel to Face Trial on Plea by BJP

The Supreme Court today asked veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel to face trial in the Gujarat High Court in connection with his election to the Rajya Sabha in 2017 which has been challenged by rival BJP candidate Balwant Singh Rajput.

The apex court declined to interfere with the 26 October, 2018 order of the High Court which had said that Rajput's allegations require a trial.

(Source: PTI)

5 Minor Boys Escape From Bhubaneswar Shelter Home

At least five minor boys have escaped from a city-based shelter home here, police said today.

The incident took place on Monday night, 1 January, when the children broke the grill of the bathroom and escaped, they said.

The shelter home authorities have lodged a complaint with the Lingaraj Police Station in this regard.

(Source: PTI)

Tension Prevails in Bihar District Over Lynching of 55-yr-old

Tension prevails in this district in the wake of a 55-year-old man being beaten to death in a remote village by a mob which accused him of cattle theft, police said today.

Mohd Kabul was killed in Simarbani village under Sikti police station area of the district last week and the matter came to light after a video, shot by those watching the brutal assault, was uploaded on the social media three days ago, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Araria, K D Singh said.

He said an FIR has been lodged against "unknown persons" since the identity of the assailants could not be made out from the video footage wherein the middle-aged man can be seen pleading with the attackers that he had no reason to steal a cattle.

(Source: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani to Cross Paths in Amethi Tomorrow

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani are all set to take the political hotbed of Amethi by storm with both the leaders descending there on Friday.

The duo had contested the last Lok Sabha elections from here, a contest won by the Congress chief, and are likely to lock horns once again in the upcoming general election.

While Rahul will be in Amethi on 4 and 5 January, Irani, a vocal critic of the Gandhi scion, will begin her daylong visit to the Gandhi bastion on Friday.

(Source: PTI)

Arunachal Tableau for R-Day Function Gets Green Signal From Defence Ministry

The Arunachal Pradesh government tableau for participation in the the Republic Day function in New Delhi has received the green signal from the Defence Ministry, officials said today.

Altogether 32 states and Union territories had sent their tableaus for selection for the R-Day function, out of which only 14 tableaus representing 14 states have been selected by the expert committee.

Only Sikkim and Arunachal have selected from the North-East states, they said.

IT Dept Grills Karnataka Minister Shivakumar in Tax Evasion Case

Senior Karnataka minister D K Shivakumar was grilled today for about three hours by the Income Tax department for alleged tax evasion, officials said.

Shivakumar, a frontline Congress leader in the state, was summoned for questioning as part of a "routine process" following searches at various properties linked to him on 2 August, department sources said.

The minister had already appeared before I-T officials twice in July and August last year.

4,189 Complaints of Abandoned Indian Wives Addressed in Last 3 Yrs: MEA

The External Affairs Ministry has addressed 4,189 complaints in the last three years of distressed Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands, the Rajya Sabha was told today.

In 2016, a total of 1,510 such complaints were addressed, while in 2017 as many as 1,498 complaints were addressed and last year, till 30 November, 1,181 complaints were addressed, Minister of State for the External Affairs Ministry V K Singh said in reply to a question.

(Source: PTI)

Indrani, Peter Wanted Rahul and Sheena to Separate: Witness

A former employee of INX Media told a court today that Indrani Mukerjea and her husband Peter were not happy with the relationship between her daughter Sheena and Peter's son from an earlier marriage Rahul.

Indrani and Peter, now an estranged couple, are facing trial along with Indrani's former husband Sanjeev Khanna for allegedly killing Sheena Bora, her daughter from an earlier relationship, in April 2012.

(Source: PTI)

13 Dead, 18 Injured in Separate Road Accidents in Jharkhand

A total of 13 people, including two children, were killed and 18 more injured in separate road accidents in Jharkhand today, police said.

A speeding trailer mowed down the children and one person sleeping on a footpath in the early hours near the Tatanagar railway station, they said.

Four people were injured in the accident that took place after the driver of the trailer lost control over the vehicle, hit a divider and ran over the people, East Singhbhum district Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alok Ranjan said.

(Source: PTI)

Advocate HS Phoolka Resigns From Aam Aadmi Party

Advocate HS Phoolka has resigned from Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party.

“I have resigned from AAP and handed over resignation to Kejriwal ji today. Though he asked me not to resign but I insisted,” Phoolka tweeted.

Parliament Approves Bill to Reverse No Fail Policy Till Class 8

Parliament today approved a bill to amend a law to abolish the 'no detention policy' till Class VIII by enabling state governments to allow schools to fail students.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by a voice vote.

However, Left parties staged a walkout opposing the Bill.

(Sources: PTI)

Fire breaks Out in a Warehouse in UP's Sadar Bazar

A fire broke out in a warehouse in Sadar Bazar police station area in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh today. Fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.

This is a developing story. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Man Held Under Arms Act Attempts Suicide Inside Police Station

A man, arrested under the Arms Act, tried to commit suicide inside Southeast Delhi's Lajpat Nagar police station today, officials said.

The accused was identified as Nitin, a resident of Lajpat Nagar. He was arrested in a case under the Arms Act on Thursday, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Entry of Trucks Into Delhi Banned for 24 Hrs From Friday Night: EPCA

Entry of trucks to Delhi would be stopped for 24 hours starting 11 pm on Friday in view of the severe pollution in the national capital, the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA has instructed authorities.

In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) chief Bhure Lal directed them to stop the entry of truck traffic into Delhi, except essential commodities, from 11 pm on 4 January to 11 pm of 5 January.

(Source: PTI)

6 Dead After Delhi Factory Collapsed

Six people died after a part of a factory collapsed at Sudarshan Park in Delhi’s Moti Nagar, DCP West Delhi confirmed. Eight people have been rescued and sent to hospital so far. The rescue operation underway.

(Source: ANI)

15-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted by Classmate

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in Delhi by her classmate, who also got two of his friends to record the alleged act, police said Thursday.

The incident took place inside the washroom of a government school in Chanakyapuri in the last week of December, they said.

(Source: PTI)

Nancy Pelosi of California Elected House Speaker

Nancy Pelosi of California elected House speaker, reclaiming gavel to lead Democrats confronting President Trump.

(Source: AP)

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